JamCoders is an annual summer camp on algorithms and programming for high school students which first launched on the UWI Mona campus in Kingston, Jamaica in Summer 2022. Our next iteration of the program will be July 2-28, 2023. The syllabus will be heavily influenced by that of AddisCoder.
JamCoders 2023 will run in July 2023 in Kingston, Jamaica for four weeks (students should arrive July 2 and depart July 28), and teaching assistants should be present June 25 to July 29.
If you are currently a student in a Jamaican high school between 3rd and 5th form (9th through 11th grade) and would like to apply to JamCoders 2023, please apply here. JamCoders provides free dormitory rooms and meals for all student participants, and we welcome applications from all over Jamaica.
We are looking for students who have excelled academically in their schools, especially in mathematics and related subjects; no programming experience is required to apply.
Student application deadline: We will begin reviewing applications shortly after the application deadline. The application deadline is
January 25 February 28 March 6, 2023. Completing the application will require:
If your school or teacher prefers to submit transcripts directly to JamCoders staff instead of giving them to you, please submit your application and have your school/teacher email the transcripts to email@example.com.
We will be hosting Zoom office hours throughout February to provide tips to students for completing the application. If you would like to attend, please fill out this Google form to receive further information.
Please click here to apply to be a teaching assistant. Positions are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early (ideally by December 31st). JamCoders provides flights (if not living in Jamaica) and housing for all teaching assistants. TAs should have some comfort with introductory algorithms and basic programming in Python.
We encourage TA applications from all nationalities and age groups, and from diverse backgrounds. Previous TAs have included high school students with algorithms experience (rare), current undergraduates, graduate students, and software engineers in industry. We also strongly encourage applications from women and other groups underrepresented in computer science.
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The idea to start JamCoders was initially conceived by Jamar McNaughton (Chronixx) and the Chronixx team after reading about the AddisCoder program in Ethiopia, and he then made a generous founding donation to support creation of the program. We thank Chronixx for his vision and generosity. We would also like to acknowledge support from:
For JamCoders 2022, we also thank Norus Technologies for swag donations, Guardsman Group Ltd. for funding a field trip to Hope Zoo, and StarApple AI and Island Grill for supporting a field trip to Holywell Recreational Park.
JamCoders is administered by AddisCoder Inc., which is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization (Federal EIN: 83-2581871) and welcomes donations from individuals via the button above.
We also thank many individuals and offices at The UWI Mona for their support, including Shauna Grant, Athol Hamilton, Jason McKenzie, Rosalene Simmonds, and the Office of Student Services & Development.